Any product or piece of equipment used to maintain or improve the functional capabilities of people with disabilities is an assistive technology (A.T.) device.
These items may be commercially-made products intended as assistive technology, common products that have been modified to serve an individual's need, or custom-made. They may be as simple as using a loop-style drawer handle, or as complex as a sip-and-puff switch to operate a personal computer.
Assistive technology services include: evaluation, funding, design, customization, modification, maintenance, repair, training and technical assistance. People of all ages can benefit from services that will help them with the assistive technology they want to use at home, in school or at work.
VIEWPOINTS ON ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY AND ITS USAGE
Use AT to "fix" or replace a function that is
limited due to a medical condition
Use AT to promote a person's ability to learn tasks,
generally related to school
Use AT to promote a person's ability to perform a task,
generally related to employment INDEPENDENT LIVING
Use A.T. to empower consumers to function at the level of their own choosing